Opportunities for graduate studies

By pursuing a graduate degree in Design at the University of North Texas, you’ll become part of a design community where scholarship, research and innovation flourish. Whether you enroll in any of our three concentration areas, in Fashion Design, Interior Design or Interaction Design, your learning experiences in the College of Visual Arts and Design will offer you ample opportunities to:

  • Acquire aesthetic, conceptual, analytical and technical skills that will allow you to collaborate with other forward-thinking designers, as well as professionals from other disciplines
  • Develop broadly informed critical thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Discover and construct the knowledge necessary to develop, test and implement effective means to help people resolve real-world problems
  • Learn from experienced, peer-recognized faculty members who have learned how to effectively pass their knowledge and skills along to their students
  • Position yourself more competitively in the job markets for Fashion Design, Interior Design and Interaction Design

You can earn a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Fashion Design and Interior Design, and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Interaction Design and Interior Design with a concentration in Interior Design for Sustainability.

Our M.F.A. program

U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked our M.F.A. programs among the best in the nation.

The M.F.A. in Design with a concentration in Interior Design is a terminal degree and a research-oriented program. The curriculum in the program is designed to help future educators and experienced designers develop and investigate their research questions and expand a specific body of knowledge in their field of study.

The M.F.A. in Design with a concentration in Fashion Design seeks to create an educational experience that will provide students with an understanding of the pedagogy of teaching and research, while developing an area of expertise in the fashion design industry. Its mission is to prepare graduates to be effective design educators while helping them expand their ability to build and apply knowledge in the field of fashion design.

Our M.A. program

The M.A. with a concentration in Interior Design for Sustainability is the only M.A. program of its kind in the state of Texas. The program strives to nurture, strengthen and advance interior designers’ professional design knowledge, skills and techniques while providing a profound exploration of sustainable design. Our teaching approach includes helping students develop their research methods, problem solving, critical thinking, visual and written communication, ethics and social responsibility skills in order to address and manage sustainable design projects. The M.A in Interior Design for Sustainability has a 4+1 option that allows highly successful undergraduate students to take up to 12 credits of graduate courses during their senior year, which will apply towards an accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.

The M.A. with a concentration in Interaction Design ( IxD) will help you develop and cultivate a deeper understanding of the design of interactive systems and experiences. 

The curriculum is dynamic and cross-disciplinary, and will challenge you to establish and leverage connections between design, marketing and logistics, as well as the social, information and computing sciences. Our human-centered and evidence-based approach to designing interactive user experiences will teach you how to analyze the ways people interact with products, services and systems, and use the data to create innovative design techniques and processes. 

Degree-seeking individuals can earn this M.A. in less than 16 months. Non-degree-seeking individuals and groups from private- and public-sector organizations can elect to enroll in individual courses to meet customized objectives, goals and development plans.

Whether you’re looking to take your career to the next level, advance your organization, or define a product idea, our M.A. in IxD can help you discover and achieve a more viable future. This curriculum offers:

  • Classroom experience in UNT’s new state-of-the-art learning facility in Frisco, Texas
  • Flexible evening and weekend courses
  • Interaction with industry experts
  • Multidisciplinary classroom experiences
  • Real-world, hands-on projects

The College

UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD) is home to some of the highest-rated art and design programs in the southern United States. As one of the nation’s largest comprehensive visual arts programs, CVAD is home to more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 125 faculty and staff from around the world. In early 2017, CVAD broke ground on a new $70 million expansion of the Art Building that will more than double the classroom, studio and gallery space available to students. CVAD is also one of the first colleges at UNT to expand their programing to the New College campus in Frisco, Texas, which is where the majority of the coursework for the recently launched M.A. program in Interaction Design will be taught.

CVAD’s other educational assets include the Jo Ann (Jody) and Dr. Charles O. Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts, the Print Research Institute of North Texas, an extensive art and library collection, and the Texas Fashion Collection.

In addition to exceptional studio, exhibition and campus resources, you can participate in a wide variety of cultural and career options available throughout the North Texas region. Our active visiting artists, scholars and designers program will expose you to artists and design professionals from around the globe. We also offer opportunities to study and travel abroad.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You'll need to apply to both the Toulouse Graduate School ® and the Department of Design. Admission requirements for the graduate school are available at the Toulouse Graduate School website or the UNT degree catalog. The department's admission requirements are outlined below.

The department’s application deadline to apply for M.F.A. programs in the fall is Jan. 1 and Oct. 1 for the spring semester. Applications for fall admission to the M.A. program in Interaction Design must be submitted by Aug. 24 and Jan. 11 for spring admission. Please note that the application deadline for admission into the Toulouse Graduate School is different, so please visit the Toulouse Graduate School website for the application deadline.

To apply to our M.F.A. programs:

  • Have two to three years of professional experience in your area of study
  • Submit a statement of purpose (500 to 750 words)
  • Provide a current résumé or C.V. listing all of your relevant work experience and affiliations
  • Supply at least two reference letters from people familiar with your academic or professional work
  • Submit a portfolio of work relevant to your concentration area that exhibits your design knowledge and skills

To apply to our M.A. program with a concentration in Interior Design for Sustainability:

  • Submit a statement of purpose (500–750 words) that discusses a topic related to a sustainable design project/your research interest, as well as your future career goals upon completion of the degree
  • Provide a professional résumé or C.V. listing all of your relevant work experience, affiliations, etc.
  • Supply at least two reference letters from people familiar with your academic and/or professional work
  • Submit a portfolio of work relevant to the discipline of interior design that effectively demonstrates your design knowledge and skills. Applicants should identify their responsibility for any submitted work they completed as part of a team

To apply to our M.A. program with a concentration in Interaction Design:

  • Submit a statement of purpose between 300 and 500 words that effectively conveys what you hope to achieve by enrolling or taking courses in this program
  • Provide a concise, one- to three-page document (this can be a resumé or a c.v.) detailing your educational and professional history. Please include your responsibilities and leadership experience; any domain names/URLs that allow us to review samples of your work; or projects that you’ve worked on/contributed to
  • Submit samples of your work (no more than 10) and a sample of your academic or professional writing (no more than four documents). An online archive of your work is preferred, however a collection of examples sent in PDF form to will also be accepted

Degree requirements

M.F.A. degree programs

Fashion Design or Interior Design

  • 30 to 21 credit hours of fashion design or interior design courses
  • 15 to 9 credit hours in a minor area
  • 12 credit hours of art history courses
  • 9 to 0 credit hours of electives
  • 3 credit hours in research methods
  • 6 credit hours of Design Problem in Lieu of Thesis

M.A. degree programs

Interaction Design (IxD)

  • 21 credit hours of interaction design coursework
  • 9 credit hours of elective, interdisciplinary coursework

Interior Design For Sustainability

  • 24 credit hours of interior design courses
  • 6 credit hours in a minor area (selected with faculty approval)
  • 6 credit hours of practicum

Financial assistance

The College of Visual Arts and Design offers teaching fellowships, teaching assistantships and scholarships to help you pursue your graduate degree.

The Academic Achievement Scholarships are available to M.F.A. students during their first year of study and qualifies them for in-state tuition rates. The scholarships are renewable for a second year.

For more information about assistantships and fellowships, contact the Department of Design. Information about other financial aid is available at the financial aid website